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Though they never discussed their romantic relationship in public, numerous media outlets confirmed ESPN reporter Erin Andrews and dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy began dating after being paired up on Dancing With The Stars.

It however seems the couple, pictured above on July 14th at the 2010 ESPY awards show, might be dunzo. A new report by the sports blog TerezOwens.com says the two fan favorites are currently broken up on a break.

According to the site, Erin and Maks “were dating during the show, but felt they would give it a real shot once all the hoopla subsided and the show ended..They gave it a whirl and things were going very well..like most couples they got into fights from time to time..but one fight in particular changed the relationship forever.”

The reported big blowout occurred after the couple attended the ESPY awards together. A source tells the site, “Erin and Maks have decided to take a break for now and see if they can patch things up down the road..The romance did fizzle a little bit after the show ended and the promotional tours stopped..They weren’t forced to spend time together and it became more of a distraction to be fully committed..”

The two reportedly remain close friends but with Erin, 32, being very busy with work (she was promoted at ESPN and is now a contributor for GMA) and Maksim, 30, working more than ever, things have cooled off between the two.

Another telling sign? The pair used to tweet to each other on twitter constantly, but only one twitter exchange since their reported July 14 blow up.

Maks tweeted to Erin on July 26th – “Good luck tomorrow @ErinAndrews……..”

Erin replied the next day – “thx maks.”

The good luck tweet was regarding Erin’s visit to Capital Hill, as she went to speak with lawmakers, wanting tougher laws implemented for stalking.

As we have previously reported, the new cast of DWTS will be announced Aug 30 on ABC’s The Bachelor Pad. Teresa Giudice, The Situation, and Ali Fedotowsky are a few rumored to be joining the show.

UPDATE – Erin confirms in a new interview with Gainesville magazine , done after the ESPY awards, that she isn’t dating anyone.

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Despite their numerous denials and non-denials, it seems Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are dating after all!

The former Dancing With The Stars dancing partners were first seen sneaking in a kiss weeks ago during a birthday party for professional dancer Derek Hough, and then the NYPost caught the two dirty dancing just lask week in New York City.

The latest is now a FOX News article which confirms the duo are dating but taking things slow.  “Erin is back to work for ESPN, but she and Maks are still finding plenty of time to meet up any chance they get. They really do have a connection and bond. It’s a relationship – their chemistry is perfect,” the source said, saying both are “silly and sexy at the same time.”

The source continues, “Erin isn’t looking to tie Maks down, but they are not ready to call it quits after spending so much time together doing the show. They are super close and are always making plans to see each other.”

So what’s next for the sexy couple? Well the two will be attending the Country Music Awards June 9th in Nashville.  They will be presenting an award together.

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Days after being crowned the winner of Dancing With The Stars, the same question continues to come up – Was Nicole Scherzinger too good to be on the show?

One person who believes the answer to that is yes is none other than her fellow DWTS cast-mate Niecy Nash.  “I like to see the growth,” says the comedian to PEOPLE. “Nicole today is who she was when she got here — she was a great dancer and she still is.”

Nicole, who beat out Olympic figure skater Evan Lysacek and ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, was the favorite from day one, and many fans, including Niecy, feel the show is quickly losing sight of its original premise, which was to take celebrities out of their comfort zone and onto the ballroom floor.

“There were moments you couldn’t tell her from the pro dancers,” says Niecy of Nicole, who received high praises from the judges, even being called the best dancer the show has ever seen by Carie Ann.

Dancing With the Stars is something that resonates with me when the contestants have a journey. I was such a big fan of Kelly Osbourne last year because she had the most transformation,” continues Niecy. “I cheer for the people who have evolved. To me, that’s what the competition should be.”

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Nicole Scherzinger has emerged the winner of the 10th season of Dancing With The Stars! This is the second win for Nicole’s dance partner, Derek Hough.

The two hour finale show aired last night and ESPN reporter Erin Andrews was announced the third runner up, leaving Evan Lysacek and Nicole to battle it out for the mirror ball trophy.

Nicole’s win isn’t much of a surprise as the Pussycat doll is a professional dancer who dances and sings for a living. Whether or not Nicole being in the amateur ballroom dance competition remains a debate, but when all it said and done, Nicole was consistently the best dancer this season. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba even declared her the best dancer ever in DWTS history.

“I’m going to give it to my mom because she’s the reason I really did this show,” the Pussycat Doll, 31, told UsWeekly after the show. “This is for her!”

Nicole, and the rest of the finalists flew to NYC this morning and appeared on Good Morning America. The finale show however wasn’t without controversy as Kate Gosselin returned to torture the viewers with a final dance performance. Unfortunately for Kate, taking time away from the show did not improve her dancing skills. She however seemed to have more fun this go around.

ABC also announced the 11th season of DWTS will premiere September 20th. It will be interesting to see how they attempt to top this pretty phenomenal 10th season.

My thoughts on Nicole winning – Not a big shocker, she did deserve to win because she was the best dancer after all. Do I think she had an unfair advantage? Of course she did, she dances for a living. Having Nicole in the competition would be similar to having a top College basketball player play in an amateur celebrity basketball tournament. Yes Nicole has no ballroom dance experience, but let’s be real, being a pro dancer helped her tremendously and she was earning 10s in early weeks for a reason. The fact is none of the other competitors really stood a chance. I’m conflicted on this because while it is fun to watch the Nicoles and Evans give amazing performances, the show should really be about the Ochocincos and Erins, and about their journeys in improving week to week. And yes Erin was on a dance team in college, but being on a cheerleading dance team over a decade ago while in college doesn’t really compare to being a Pussycat doll.

TELL US – ARE YOU HAPPY NICOLE WON? IS IT FAIR TO HAVE PROFESSIONAL DANCERS ON THE SHOW?

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The first part of the final week of Dancing With The Stars aired last night and it did not disappoint!

This has been the most talked about season of DWTS and perhaps for the first time in DWTS history, it seemed the best three really did make it to the finals.

Despite being the underdog of the final three, it seems ESPN reporter Erin Andrews might just be able to pull off an upset as she tied for first place with Pussycat doll Nicole Scherzinger. They both scored a total of 55 points. Olympic skater Evan Lysacek didn’t fair so well as he finished third with a total of 52 points.

The most talked about dance of the night went to Erin and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy . The pair did their hot & steamy freestyle dance using a bed and a couch as props. Maksim’s comments about the dance during the pair’s rehearsal might be a hint as to the status of their off screen relationship. “Our freestyle is very passionate. It’s very emotional. And in a way, I think it will tell the story of Erin and I,” said Maksim. And in case you’re still wondering about the duo’s relationship status, the two were spotted kissing just over a week ago.

But overall, the theme of the night seemed to be the errors made by front runners Nicole and Evan. Nicole had two slip ups in both of her dances, while Evan’s freestyle dance failed to impress the judges, earning him a mere 24 points.

The winner will be declared tonight during the 2 hour finale show. All of the eliminated stars will return for a final dance, and yes that includes the controversial Kate Gosselin. And speaking of Kate, a new report by Popeater reveals the mom of eight earned an astonishing $500,000 for her five week appearance on DWTS.

Also dancing tonight will be former Bachelor star Jake Pavelka and his fiance Vienna Girardi.

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And then there were three. Dancing With The Stars is down to the final 3 as NFL Player Chad Ochocinco became the 100th celebrity to be eliminated on the hit dance competition.

Chad scored the lowest points on Monday night and the viewers votes weren’t enough to keep him safe. Joining him in the bottom two was ESPN reporter Erin Andrews and her boyfriend partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

And despite being voted off, Chad reacted positively. “This was awesome,” said Chad to co-host Tom Bergeron. “I enjoyed the journey, I met some wonderful people. I got some great criticism that’s only made me stronger, man. And I met… the beautiful Cheryl Burke, and in my eyes really, I’ve already won… So this is beautiful.”

Moving on to Monday’s finale show alongside Erin are Evan Lysacek and Nicole Scherzinger. Nicole continues to remain the favorite to win it all, leading some to believe she has an unfair advantage because of her profession as a dancer and lead singer for the Pussycat Dolls.

The three remaining finalists will each have to perform a total of 4 dances for next week’s finale.

Erin and Maks are however not giving up despite being heavy underdogs.”We just come out and humbly try to do our best. And the last three weeks have shown that we can be here. We are underdogs, but you never know!” said Maks to EOnline.

Also returning next week will be Kate Gosselin and all the other eliminated contestants, who will all perform one last dance. It is also being reported that former Bachelor Jake Pavelka and fiance Vienna Girardi will dance together on the finale show on Tuesday.

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It put up or shut up time on Dancing With The Stars with the semifinals airing last night. And while all the dancing couples excelled, two dominated and tied for a score of 59.

Professional Celebrity dancers Nicole Scherzinger and Evan Lysacek are still the lead favorites after their flawless performances from last night. Nicole and partner Derek earned a 30 score for their “divine” Argentine tango, and a score of 29 for their cha-cha dance. “You’ve got to be there,” Len said, in reference to next week’s finale.

Evan and his partner Anna Trebunskaya also earned a 30 score for their paso doble and a 29 for their fox-trot. Len said he loved seeing Evan’s “happy-go-lucky, fun side.”

In third place was Erin Andrews and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. The still rumored to be dating couple scored a 27 for their fluent Viennese waltz dance, though Bruno mistakenly gave them a “premature paddle” score of 10 instead of the 9 he intended. A 29 score for their paso doble dance gave them a total of 56 points. In last place was NFL player Chad Ochocinco with a score of 52. Overall all the couples performed well.

The full scores for last night below:

Evan & Anna: 59
Nicole & Derek: 59
Erin & Maks: 56
Chad & Cheryl: 52

In other DWTS news, pro dancer Derek Hough celebrated his 25th birthday last night at the H Lounge club in Los Angeles. In attendance were all of his DWTS cast as well as former Bachelor star Jake Pavelka and his fiance Vienna Girardi.

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Next week is the semifinals of Dancing With The Stars, and one star who won’t be dancing is Niecy Nash, as the comedian and former ‘Reno 911′ star found herself eliminated from the dance competition.

In the bottom two with Niecy this week was NFL star Chad Ochocinco. Niecy’s elimination did not come as a big shocker as she did receive the lowest scores this week, a total of 43 for her two dances.

Niecy managed to keep her sense of humor despite being voted off. “I am a 40-year-old mother of three. I’ve got three C-sections under my belt and I… I was able to survive in this competition this long?… I’ve been able to be one of the last women standing in this competition. I’ve had such a fantastic time being able to live out my dream… I’m a happy girl,” said Niecy.

Niecy also had some nice words for her pro partner Louis van Amstel, “Thank you for molding this lump of clay into something,” she said.

Stars Nicole Scherzinger, Erin Andrews, Evan Lysacek and Chad Ochocinco remain in the competition. One more celebrity will be eliminated next week, with the remaining three making it on to the finals.

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